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2 June

'Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.' President Franklin Roosevelt

June 2, 2009
1 min read

It was on this day in 1936 that General Anastasio Somoza, the head of the US Marine-trained National Guard, led an armed rebellion against Nicaragua’s elected President, Juan Bautista Sacasa.

It was the beginning of 45 years of political power by the Somoza family – either directly or through a series of puppet presidents until his son, Anastasio Somoza Debayle was overthrown in 1979 by the Sandinistas.